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Press Releases: Environmental Crime & Governance

Laos’ forests still falling to ‘connected’ businesses

LONDON: More than a year after being exposed as major players in the smuggling of timber from Laos, a new report reveals the Vietnamese timber industry, the military and well-connected Lao actors are still profiting from the flow of logs into Vietnam. As well as the role played by a commercial operation of the Vietnam […]

Calling ‘time’ on tiger farms and skin sales

China & others urged to take action to help wild Asian big cats   LONDON: Countries with operations farming tigers and other Asian big cats must shut down such facilities and destroy stockpiled body parts and derivatives. And China – which has the world’s greatest number of tiger farms – must terminate its ‘legal’ domestic […]

Pro-ivory trade report shows ‘shocking’ bias

Proposed sales mechanism would treat ivory like diamonds   LONDON: A new report examining possible mechanisms for future international legal trade in ivory has proposed the creation of an ivory sales body modelled on the De Beers diamond cartel. The report, Decision-Making Mechanisms and Necessary Conditions for a Future Trade in African Elephant Ivory, is […]

Unchallenged crimes of ‘rotten apple’ palm oil company

Report exposes illegal activities and enforcement failings in Kalimantan   LONDON: Systemic law enforcement failings threaten to make a mockery of Indonesia’s pledge to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions by enabling plantation companies to destroy carbon-rich peatlands with impunity, a report released today reveals. Testing the Law, jointly produced by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency […]

Threat to rare tigers’ home as Indian minister visits UK

LONDON: As Naveen Pattnaik, Chief Minister of the Indian State of Odisha, continues his nine-day visit to the UK, campaigners say urgent action is required to stop the destruction of his State’s precious environment and protect the rare tigers living in it. Located in Eastern India, Odisha is home to Simlipal National Park, the only […]

Tiger countries must shut down breeding centres

Credibility of international programme hangs in the balance   DELHI, INDIA: Tiger Range Countries meet in Delhi, India next week to evaluate progress of the Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP) in what will be a true test of their national commitment to end the tiger trade. The GTRP was signed into existence in November 2010 […]

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